Nayantara Sen

Cultural Strategist
Race Forward
Oakland, California

Nayantara Sen is an activist, cultural strategist, oral historian, and racial justice educator and trainer. She is the Manager of Cultural Strategies and a Senior Trainer at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. At Race Forward, she produces curricula, facilitates racial justice workshops to support arts and movement organizations, develops narrative and cultural strategies for racial equity, and organizes the arts sector nationally. She is the Program Designer and Manager of the Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab in New York City, which provides 60 arts organizations with an intensive bootcamp for racial equity strategies and practice.


Nayantara is also the Principal at Art/Work Practice (AWP), a consultancy that helps individuals, organizations and companies use arts-integrated practices to shift cultures towards equity. Previously, she worked in arts administration in historical societies, independent film, and community theater. She was the Program Manager at Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history program that explores histories of mixed-race families in New York, and the Community Programs Producer and Curator of the Foundry Theatre Dialogues.